Longtime curators and local artists Jordin Isip and Rodger Stevens know a lot of other local artists — they recruited 300 of them (many with day jobs: graphic designers, illustrators, lighting designers, etc.) for Dime Bag 3, closing at Giant Robot in the East Village on August 12. For this show, Isip and Stevens sent each artist a three-by-three-inch Ziploc-style bag — a version of the titular dime bag, that disposable drug container discarded on sidewalks everywhere — and told them to create a work that would fit in it. On the serious end are sticks of wire shaped into beautiful objects by Rodger Stevens, and embroidered “domestic specimens” by Laura Normandin. More playfully, buzzy illustrator Andy Kehoe, who recently completed a sold-out show at Jonathan LeVine gallery, created an anthropomorphized acorn, and nymag.com creative director Ian Adelman revived Michael Jackson in Lego. Here are 30 slides of the best works.
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